Australian News and Analysis

O’Farrell resigns as NSW premier

O’Farrell resigns as NSW premier

Australian News and Analysis April 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

The New South Wales Premier, Barry O’Farrell, resigned from his position this week as it was proven that he lied to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). It was revealed that he had in fact accepted a $3000 bottle of 1959 Penfolds Grange wine as a gift despite going on [...]

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Big business greed behind East-West Link

Big business greed behind East-West Link

Australian News and Analysis April 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm

The campaign against the East-West tunnel in Melbourne is entering a new phase. With the pickets against the preliminary drilling over for now, it is imperative that the campaign draw wider layers of people in. By Chris Dite, Socialist Party The community pickets against the preliminary drilling kept the controversial [...]

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5000 jobs set to go at Qantas

5000 jobs set to go at Qantas

Australian News and Analysis April 11, 2014 at 10:32 am

Qantas announced plans to slash 5000 jobs during March in a ruthless offensive aimed at clawing back $2 billion over the next three years. This is an attempt to make workers pay for the losses management have overseen since 2011. Job losses and reduced conditions are not inevitable, however the [...]

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NSW: Coal drivers dispute

NSW: Coal drivers dispute

Australian News and Analysis April 9, 2014 at 10:55 am

Some 200 coal train drivers in the Hunter have been in dispute with their employer, Aurizon. Their union, the Rail, Tram & Bus Union (RTBU), announced last month that a breakthrough had been reached following protracted negotiations. Whilst details of the proposed deal are still sketchy, the RBTU said an [...]

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The Biennale boycott and lessons for refugee activists

The Biennale boycott and lessons for refugee activists

Australian News and Analysis April 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

Last month refugee rights advocates celebrated a small victory when Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, CEO of Transfield Holdings, was successfully pressured into resigning as chairman of the Biennale of Sydney. His departure, and Transfield’s defunding of the arts event, was the direct result of pressure from refugee rights activists and the threat [...]

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SA & Tas: No enthusiasm for any of the mainstream parties

SA & Tas: No enthusiasm for any of the mainstream parties

Australian News and Analysis April 8, 2014 at 11:06 am

South Australia and Tasmania held state elections on Saturday March 15. South Australia has been governed by the ALP since 2002 while Tasmania had been governed by the ALP since 1998 and then by an ALP/Greens coalition since 2010. In South Australia the result was very close with the ALP [...]

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Young workers bear the brunt of insecure work

Young workers bear the brunt of insecure work

Australian News and Analysis March 31, 2014 at 10:32 am

Australia is moving towards a low wage economy with high rates of casualisation. Young workers are bearing the brunt of the hardship this is causing. While relatively secure and well paid jobs are being lost in manufacturing and the public sector, they are largely being replaced with low waged, insecure [...]

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Construction unions under attack

Construction unions under attack

Australian News and Analysis March 31, 2014 at 10:15 am

A series of articles and stories in Fairfax newspapers and on ABC TV last month was part of a co-ordinated assault on the most unionised section of Australian workers – those working in the commercial construction industry on the East Coast. Within days the Abbott government announced a Royal Commission [...]

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Murder on Manus: End offshore processing

Murder on Manus: End offshore processing

Australian News and Analysis March 28, 2014 at 10:23 am

The first two months of 2014 have seen the Government further escalate its brutal policies of refugee ‘deterrence’ and demonisation. The violent treatment of refugees by the Navy and the private companies overseeing the detention centres has also reached a new height. By Chris Dite, Socialist Party Last month amidst [...]

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VIC: Socialist Party set to stand in Richmond

VIC: Socialist Party set to stand in Richmond

Australian News and Analysis March 26, 2014 at 3:20 pm

The Socialist Party is gearing up for a major campaign in an attempt to win the seat of Richmond in November’s Victorian state election. Socialist Party Councillor Stephen Jolly has been pre-selected as our candidate. The seat is largely made up of the municipality of Yarra where Stephen has been [...]

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